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George VI

George VI, also known as Bertie, was the King of the United Kingdom from 1936 to 1952. Originally the Duke of York, he succeeded his elder brother, Edward VIII, after Edward's abdication on 10 December 1936. George VI was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II, in 1952.


Early life[]

When the Doctor found that Edward VII had disappeared along with Balmoral Castle in 1902, he warned that the future of the royal family, along with the rest of history, was threatened. He said that, along with the rest of his successors, there would be no George VI. (PROSE: Revenge of the Judoon)

In 1936, while his elder brother reigned as King Edward VIII, "Bertie" was the Duke of York. (PROSE: Players)


After Edward VIII's abdication on 10 December 1936, the Duke of York ascended to the throne as George VI. Lady Jennifer Buckingham described "Bertie" as a "terribly sweet" yet a "so shy, poor man." She attributed this to having being overshadowed by his elder brother all his life as well as his stammer, which she anticipated would hinder his capability to manage public speeches. The Sixth Doctor suggested that he would "rise to the occasion", which Buckingham concurred with, suggesting that the "very practical and sensible" Elizabeth would be able to build up his confidence. (PROSE: Players)


George VI died on 6 February 1952. He was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II. (PROSE: A History of Humankind)

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